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TCC to freeze tuition and fees for fifth year in a row

Tidewater Community College will freeze tuition and fees for the 2022-2023 academic year thanks to a unanimous decision announced on July 21 by the State Board for Community Colleges.

This marks the fifth year in a row that the Board has voted to hold tuition and fees steady for in-state students who account for more than nine out of every ten students served by Virginia’s Community Colleges.

The State Board’s decision means TCC’s in-state tuition and mandatory fees will remain at $185.35 per credit hour. Community college tuition and mandatory fees are approximately one-third of the comparable costs of attending Virginia’s public four-year universities.

“With prices rising on everything from food to gas, we are grateful for the decision by the State Board to freeze tuition and fees for our students. This reaffirms a commitment to removing barriers to higher education and ensuring access and affordability for our students and their families,” said TCC President Marcia Conston.

“I appreciate our community college board and presidents putting students and families first by keeping tuition flat,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “Ensuring affordable access to high-quality workforce training is critical to connecting Virginians to unfilled jobs and the careers of the future.”

“We’re grateful to the governor and General Assembly, who enacted a state budget that allowed us to hold the line on tuition and fees,” added Interim Virginia Community College System Chancellor Sharon Morrissey.

Further, the State Board maintained the existing tuition rate for out-of-state students, which for TCC is $385.45 per credit hour.

State Board for Community Colleges to Consider 2022-23 Tuition and Fees at May Meeting

In accordance with Section 23.1-307 (D) of the Code of Virginia, the State Board for Community Colleges provides notice that it will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases for Virginia’s Community Colleges, effective fall 2022, at 9 a.m. on May 19, 2022, at the Virginia Community College System, System Office, 300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, VA 23236.

The State Board will consider mandatory tuition and fee increases of between 0 percent and 4.0 percent for all undergraduate students, subject to budget provisions of the 2022 General Assembly special session. The maximum potential increase equates to a base tuition rate of $160.15 per-credit-hour for in-state students and would result in a net annual increase of $184.50 for a student enrolling in thirty credit hours during the academic year. The community colleges will use revenue generated from any increase in mandatory fees to pay for mandatory cost increases associated with compensation and benefit increases, contractual obligations, technology, and strategic initiatives, inflationary cost impacts, debt service, and potential adjustments to student fees.

Written comments from the public will be accepted through May 18 and will be made available to the Board before action on tuition is taken. Written comments may be sent to Rose Marie Owen, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, at, or they may be mailed to